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Ventrilo can be a daunting piece of software. Not the program itself but the use of it. It can be quite frightening entering into a new group of people and being expected to talk openly over the net. So how do you handle it if you have just been accepted into a guild and are in your trial period?

I think this calls for a “middle of the road” approach. You don’t want to be the centre of attention – chatting away like a loudmouth but you also don’t want to be mute in the corner.

The first thing to make sure that you have sorted is your ventrilo setup. Nobody likes that guy who comes on and produces an ear-busting screech of static from his mic. Check it before you log onto the guild ventrilo server. There are plenty of free servers that you can log onto and test your mic on. Get a friend to log on with you and try having a conversation.

So you are all set up correctly and its time for your first guild raid on ventrilo. How do you act? Say “hi.” Introduce yourself. Just a simple “Hi guys its Arthas,” or whatever your character name is will suffice. The other players in the guild need to get used to the sound of your voice but do not go overboard. Blabbing about how happy you are to be raiding with all of them and then listing all your hobbies probably is not the way to go. During the raid make sure you pay attention on vent and pipe up if you have something useful to add. Note USEFUL. Do not go trying to change the guild’s strategies during the raid – and especially during your trial. If you have a better strategy for a boss encounter then the guild forum is where to post it.

What about if people start shouting at you on vent for failing in the raid? Keep calm. Apologise on vent. Saying sorry goes a long way. If you need help with a particular aspect of the fight then ask on vent. This shows you have initiative and is much better than causing another wipe.

I think another important aspect is to get a feel for the atmosphere on ventrilo during your first few raids. Many guilds like to have a laugh and there can be quite a lot of banter thrown around. Others, however, are completely focused and serious. You need to get a feel for the environment before cracking jokes in a very serious raid.

I think above all the main point is to remember that there will be members in the guild who have been with them for ages – perhaps years. It normally is not a good idea to try and join in the conversations during your trial. At the same time do not be afraid to speak up if you have a problem or suggestion. As an officer or guild master how do you want your trials to behave on ventrilo?

The idea for this post came from Phae from the excellent but now retired Resto4life.